PBS Sends Senior Editor as Presenter to CAIR Conference on ‘Defaming Islam’

Christine Brim
Big Journalism
10/23/2010

The news about NPR firing Juan Williams is opening the eyes of many in the media and public to the extraordinary rules of censorship that CAIR, other Muslim Brotherhood groups, and the “Establishment Left” impose to restrict free speech. But it’s not just NPR that responds to CAIR’s political pressure which may in itself be a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. On October 9, 2010 – less than two weeks before NPR fired Williams on October 21 – the federally-funded sister agency Public Broadcasting System (PBS) sent Joel Schwartzberg, Senior Editor of PBS Interactive to be a presenter at the CAIR Leadership Conference preceding their 16th annual national banquet.

Here’s a copy of the 36 page CAIR program for the conference and banquet (or click on the image below – 4 MB file size). Page 4 lists Schwartzberg in the 9:15 -10:45 a.m. session (Room B): “Becoming a Dynamic Public Speaker (Room B).” Page 6 provides Schwartzberg’s biography under the title “CAIR Leadership Conference Trainers 2010.”  If Schwartzberg presented on his own initiative, he and PBS owe the public an explanation for his identification with PBS Interactive in the CAIR program, which gave the impression he was there as an official representative of the agency.

There’s more. PBS apparently sent Schwartzberg to train “CAIR Leadership” knowing that CAIR had advertised the conference for several weeks listing the #1 reason to attend as, “You’re tired of seeing Islam defamed and want to do something about it.” …

…To make this clear: PBS apparently sent Schwartzberg to train “CAIR leadership” at a conference held specifically to “do something about” the alleged problem of “Islam defamed.” The use of the concept of “defamation” of Islam should be a red flag alert to Congressional funders of PBS: CAIR’s conference publicity followed the instructions of the Organization of the Islamic Conference to enforce Shariah blasphemy and defamation laws in the U.S. – in this case, with the support of publicly funded PBS staff.

For years, the OIC has been trying to pass a law through the U.N. that would criminalize any “defamation” of Islam, defined as blasphemy within Shariah law itself. In the 2008 Organization of Islamic Conference “Ten Year Plan,” the OIC’s 56 Islamic state members resolved to, “Emphasize the responsibility of the international community, including all governments, to ensure respect for all religions and combat their defamation…endeavor to have the United Nations adopt an international resolution to counter Islamophobia, and call upon all States to enact laws to counter it, including deterrent punishments.” For Juan Williams, those “deterrent punishments” became what CAIR had demanded of NPR in the CAIR press release – “professional consequences” – when NPR fired Williams.

One more item: At that same October 9 CAIR meeting where PBS’ Schwartzberg presented, CAIR announced a new department devoted to opposing “Islamophobia.” They had previously received $325,000 from the Organization of Islamic Conference to oppose “Islamophobia” in America – presumably with those “Ten Year Plan” deterrent punishments. Their attack against Williams was presumably one of the first influence operations of that new “Islamophobia” department…

There’s much more to read at BigJournalism.com

Read also: CAIR’s Role in Juan Williams Firing May Be Violation of Foreign Agents Registration Act at BigPeace.com

Update:  Juan Williams Firing Prompts Jim DeMint Bill to Defund NPR via Big Government.

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